Leslie C. Peltier Starlight Nights Macmillan 1967
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Go Back To A Different Era
If you're interested in astronomy or American history, this book is a superb glimpse into the past.
Back to far simpler times when an Ohio farmboy and high school dropout could become the world's most famous amateur astronomer, and most prolific variable-star recorder of all time. A man whose observations reached such excellence that world-famous colleges would donate huge telescopes to him so that his observations could continue.
It shows what Midwest farm life was like around WW I and in the 1920's when material expectations were lower, but people were actually happier. Everything Peltier needed--he created with his own hands. Like the "world's first SUV" made by converting a Model-T Ford for a honeymoon trip. For Peltier and his family, the Great Depression went unnoticed since they provided for most of their own needs on the farm.
A good read even if you don't care about astronomy in the slightest!